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Dorrie was taken seriously ill on Saturday last, August 2nd and was admitted to hospital where she was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and will have palliative treatment only, bearing in mind her age and frailty.

 

The family ask that you think of her.

 

The TV Program was made in 2008, when Dorrie was 89. She has been living at home alone until now, and is hoping to return there, with support, to see out her remaining days. She still has her poodle, now 14 years old.

 

Her mind is still very active and she has very much enjoyed meeting those who recognised her from the program, happily showing them her Cheltenham Fawn caravan, and has met many people who started caravanning as a result of seeing the programme, "Caravans - A British Love Affair".

 

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I remember the programme very well, and Dorrie. She lives not far from me. Sad news indeed!

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A unique and adventurous lady. She had some real and unusual camping experiences many of us will never get.

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Oh that is sad, a wonderful woman.

 

I also read that Christine Fagg who appeared on the programme was now in a residential home suffering from dementia. That was a while ago so the situation may have changed sadly.

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I just watched this programme for the first time and was very impressed by both ladies. I hope Dorrie gets back home with her dog as she wishes to do.

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I have printed the above responses and Dorrie has read them . . She sends her thanks, and is very appreciative of your taking time to comment.

 

I hope to be able to show her this thread shortly . . perhaps any further posts could address her directly.

 

Maybe http://vimeo. com/62806194 could be of interest to some . . it is a short film, made by her grand-daughter Jessica, about the van Lachterop family

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Aww what a shame, i've watched that programme everytime it's been on with my Husband. Hope things go as well as can be and just goes to show nothing wrong in lone caravanning! Hope she knows we're thinking of her and are sad to hear the news.

 

I did post a link somewhere about Christine Fagg but not actually looked to see if it's been updated or anything yet.

 

Two great women!


I have printed the above responses and Dorrie has read them . . She sends her thanks, and is very appreciative of your taking time to comment.

 

I hope to be able to show her this thread shortly . . perhaps any further posts could address her directly.

 

Maybe http://vimeo. com/62806194 could be of interest to some . . it is a short film, made by her grand-daughter Jessica, about the van Lachterop family

I've got to get ready and back to work soon but will watch tonight, really genuinely saddened to hear her news!

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Best wishes to Dorrie from a real Fan.

 

Love watching the film whenever it appears. You tell a real story which must have inspired many to take up the hobby.

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Just watching her now on TV. Never seen it before.

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A truly inspirational lady.

 

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A truly inspirational lady.

 

Paul

Sums it up nicely Paul. ..

 

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I liked the other lady on the program too. Her husband was a 'manic' sailor and she didn't enjoy sailing with him, so she bought a caravan and went off on her own with her kids instead !

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That's sad news, any update on how she is?

 

Dorrie is being cared for at home by the family with help and advice from social services and the St Giles organisation.

 

She is as well as can be expected

 

Thank you for asking

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hi

As a child me and my family lived next door to mrs van lachterop, and her family. She was a wounderful lady, we called her mrs van,alway drove a landrover. She had some new fencing erected and she did not want to offend us, and she took us for a wounderfull day out to cannock chase. We loved her and realy respected her. .

 

God bless

kevin rudd and family

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As a child me and my family lived next door to mrs van lachterop, and her family. She was a wounderful lady, we called her mrs van,alway drove a landrover. She had some new fencing erected and she did not want to offend us, and she took us for a wounderfull day out to cannock chase. We loved her and realy respected her. .

 

God bless

kevin rudd and family

Hello Kevin,

 

I saw Dorrie and her son & daughter yesterday.

 

They remember you and your family and thank you for post.

 

They send their regards and best wishes to you and all your family.

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Dorrie passed away in her sleep at about 4 am today, 21 November.

 

She was 95, and was still caravanning until shortly before her diagnosis with cancer in August.

 

Though the family had towed her 'van for her since 2012, she still drove locally until March this year.

 

She was very happy that one of her grand-daughters had bought a 'van this year and in fact does most of the towing. One of Dorrie's last outings with the 'van was to a local site where her g' daughter and her family were having a shakedown weekend with the new 'van.

 

Dorrie had enjoyed the celebrity she gained from the TV programme and was always happy to meet and chat to people who had seen the programme. She was always astonished when she was asked for her autograph.

 

Dorrie will be greatly missed by her family and great circle of friends.

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Sad to hear of Dorrie’s passing, my condolences to her family, truly an inspirational woman

 

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How sad. She sounded like a wonderful lady.

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Thanks ppDVL. ..sad news a great character,something lacking these days. ..

 

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Sad news. Condolences to the family

 

 

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Sad to read and our condolences to all those close to her.

But what a legacy, though her involvement in the BBC program she did our hobby great credit, both with those not involved and only with a passing interest, and was an inspiration to those actively caravanning. RIP.

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Sorry to hear such sad news. I did see the programme and, aged 74, I was inspired by her.

Dorrie will surely rest in peace after such a long and fulfilled life.

Alan

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Aww sad to hear this, thinking of her family and friends x

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